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05-05-2013 06:07 PM
cnbclem
Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

I think Indian Landing has one spot right now. Good price and electricity and water.
04-23-2013 08:21 PM
Joesplace
Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

Just to let everyone know, we settled on Bayou Liberty Marina - for now
Our boat will be here the middle of May and looking forward to being on the water again. Hope to see you all in the future . . .
Joe
03-26-2013 01:49 AM
Joesplace
Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

Anybody know anything about the GulfSouth Yacht Works U-Do-It Boatyard in Slidell?
03-25-2013 07:05 PM
Joesplace
Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

Just called and found a few openings at the Bayou Liberty Marina in Slidell. Pics on the internet look good but we will be there in a week to check them all out . . .
03-24-2013 10:18 PM
Leocat66
Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

Z, Yes Oak Harbor can be somewhat exposed. We spent "Katrina" there and were one of four to survive on our pier where forty were docked.. For the most part it is a nice harbor, and recently the prices have come way down. There are no more floating docks as they all left with "Katrina". During "Katrina" we were on a fixed pier and there was a 17' surge which caused the demise of all of the floating docks. That said, we have in the past gone through several hurricanes and tropical storms on those very floating docks. The only reason we were not on the floating dock for "Katrina" is because we waited too long to go to the marina, and all of the floating docks were taken. Had we been on one, we too would have been gone for sure.

The Gulf Coast is a wonderful cruising area, there are the islands, which you mentioned, and the wonderful area just east of Mobile Bay which goes all the way to Carrabell. "Pirates Cove" in Elberta, AL. is our favorite. All of this is within easy reach from Pontchatrain and Pontchartrain has some neat Bayous and rivers for over night anchoring and docking of it's own too. We love it and the water color starts really improving at Pensacola and is awesome around Destin. The bottom is very forgiving too and grounding is at worst an inconvenience.
03-24-2013 08:22 PM
zeehag
Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

ponchartrain can get truly rowdy.
oak harbor is kinda open and exposed...pretty and closer the to rigolets and open gulf and barrier islands...
mississippi sound is cool sailing, and west fla is close enough for a couple-a weeks vacation cruise.
the gulf islands are good anchoring, for the most part, and sunsets there are gorgeous.
cali has none of the awesome cool cruising i found there in louisiana.
cali has mexico, rocky lee shores and ...cold water.
louisiana has ponchartrain and mississippi sound and gom.
looking forward to my return to louisiana and the gulf coast.
03-24-2013 07:22 PM
Leocat66
Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

Joe, just answered your PM. All the best and welcome to our area. Not CA but interesting if you enjoy cruising and you have the perfect boat for the area. Lake Pontchartrain was named by the local tribe back when, and means "Dangerous Waters", and lives up to its rep. as it has an average 12' debth, is 35 miles or so long and 24 miles wide. You will have quick and easy access to the Gulf Islands National Seashore and Western Fl. Hope to meet you in the near future.
03-24-2013 06:54 PM
Joesplace
Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

Leocat66 - I PM'd you about Oak Harbor and Bayou Liberty Marinas . . .
joe
03-24-2013 10:32 AM
Goblinfog
Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

Think about Lake Sabine on the Tx/La border. I believe the driving distance is about the same as Baton Rouge to New Orleans. The lake has an avg. depth of 6' and has easy access to the gulf. The yard allows you to work on your boat. We have a brand new marina with 300 floating slips. Marina charges $7 ft, club members pay $6 ft. If you want more info let me know.
03-24-2013 10:15 AM
Leocat66
Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

Joesplace. We have sailed Lake Pontchartrain, and the Gulf Coast, for the last 50 years with a
5' draft. The Mandeville area is the most active area on the Lake for sailing, but Slidell is nice also. Have you checked out Oak Harbor, and the Bayou Liberty Marinas? Both have slips and both are reasonable, and draft is not an issue. A friend sails a 5'6" draft out of Bayou Liberty and has for years. He also rode out "Katrina" there with no problems. Both of these facilities are on the north shore of the lake. Please PM me if you need more details or assistance.
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